Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #CandidaAlbicans – Eliminating Refined Sugars by Sally Cronin

This week the first part of eliminating the overgrowth and creating a balanced bacteria in your gut by eliminating refined sugars.

Whatever the reason for your overgrowth of Candida Albicans; you still need to adapt your diet. The main problem is the sugars in industrialised foods will not just satisfy your sweet cravings, but the candida’s too. You will be surprised at how much sugar is included in savoury products that you may buy, and it is important to check labels.

Please head over to Sally’s by clicking the highlighted link below to read about how we can recognise the culprits …the food laden with hidden sugars and what we can eat instead of those…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/08/11/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-morbid-obesity-candidaalbicans-eliminating-refined-sugars-by-sally-cronin/

 

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 21…Egypt where Koshari is the National dish…

Welcome to my new A-Z …World Cuisines…where I will be looking at the countries of the world, their food and national dish or their most popular dish around the world…by this I mean some dishes are eaten in many countries as their fame has spread around the world…

Today I am looking at the cuisine of  Egypt…

My sister was very lucky to have visited Egypt but me not so… the only way I will visit Egypt is unless I win the lottery and can do a tour of all the countries I would love to visit on my bucket list it will be vicariously…a virtual tour and I invite you all to come with me…Step this way!

Koshari (also spelt Koshary or Kushari) is the national dish of Egypt. It’s served in virtually every Egyptian restaurant, in every Egyptian home, and on every Egyptian street corner…its a dish of many food profiles in one dish. A traditional Egyptian staple, mixing pasta, rice and brown lentils, and topped with a zesty tomato sauce, garlic vinegar and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions…

Wherever we travel around the world street food is where it’s at…where you find the most delicious food…plus an indication of the food of a country.

Since ancient times,” aish baladi has been the cornerstone of Egyptian cuisine. In fact, you can tell just how important it is to Egyptian culture by its name as translated … Baladi means “traditional” or “authentic” while aish means “life”.

Several cultures combine to make Egyptian food what it is today… it’s hearty and healthy…Food is a big part of day-to-day living an Egyptian will tell you “we live to eat” …for a family or friends gathering the table will be laden with at least ten different types of food Egyptians pride themselves on their hospitality…The food is a mix of many cultures on a plate and if you stepped back in time to the Ancient Pharaohs you would see them sitting down and eating Koshari and Molokhia or something very similar it is an ancient food culture…

Legumes, vegetables, and fruit grown in Egypt’s rich Nile Valley and Delta feature prominently in Egyptian cuisine. While fish and seafood are common in Egypt’s coastal regions, a significant amount of traditional Egyptian food is vegetarian which is a bonus if you travel to Egypt…

Commonly used meats in Egyptian cuisine include squab, chicken, duck, and lamb. Lamb and beef are often used for grilling while dishes made with offal are a popular fast food in many Egyptian cities…commonly used spices and herbs used in Egyptian recipes include cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, coriander, cloves, chilli peppers, parsley, bay leaves, and dill…

Molokhia ...in English is “jute leaf, considered a vitamin-rich superfood that’s reputed to be a sleep and digestion aid as well as to improve eyesight…Molokhia looks like mint and tastes something like spinach…it is said it originated in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs…

Often classed as slimy…Molokhia is also called Jew’s Mallow. Jute, like other mallows such as the marshmallow plant and okra, is mucilaginous, which means that it creates a mucus-like texture when cooked.

Served and eaten with rice, noodles or pitta bread to scoop up the tasty broth Molokhia is cooked with lots of garlic and coriander some like to make it with onions, some add cumin, and others like it leafy without mincing the leaves…as with many dishes there are variations like making it with chicken broth sometimes rabbit broth and in some areas, it is made with tomato sauce and others make it with shrimps.

Other Examples of Egyptian dishes include rice-stuffed vegetables and grape leaves, hummus, falafel, shawarma, kebab and kofta. ful medames, mashed fava beans; lentils and pasta; and bush okra stew…all very much food for which the recipes have been passed down through the ages…

A typical breakfast food would be Falafel traditionally served with eggs, cheese and pitta bread. Traditional falafel is made with chickpeas, but Egyptian ta’meya is made of fava beans.

Or if on the way to school, college or work a bag of freshly cooked falafel can be picked up from most street vendors.

Dessert…yes there is always dessert the National Dessert of Egypt is Om Ali…The dish, which is traced back to the early years of Egypt’s Mamluk era, is named after the wife of the Sultan of Egypt who asked her cooks to come up with the most delicious dessert that they could create.

Typically, pastry (bread, pastry or puff pastry) is divided into pieces and blended with pistachios, coconut flakes, raisins and plenty of sugar. Milk, sometimes with cream, is poured over the mixture, which is then sprinkled with cinnamon. Finally, the mixture is baked in the oven until the surface is golden brown…It may be eaten hot or cold and my mouth is watering already I can just taste all that lovely cinnamon and cream, coconut, and pistachios I am drooling here…

Mint tea is a common beverage as is beer…yes… beer despite conflicting views on alcohol beer is still a popular beverage…Stella beer is the most popular but there are also local brews like “Bouza” made with barley and bread this brew is traditionally home brewed following a 5,000-year-old method and of course, depending on the length of the brewing process the alcohol content varies…it is interesting that many of the methods in cooking and brewing beer can be seen on the many murals and paintings going back centuries…Life in pictures I find that fascinating…

I hope you have enjoyed this virtual tour of Egypt and its often ancient cuisine I do as always look forward to your comments x

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Coq Au Vin…

Chicken is such a very versatile protein it has little fat(unless we add it)…a healthy alternative to red meat…  low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper…

Today I am sharing Coq Au Vin… 

Coq Au Vin is a classic French dish and there are many versions and many cooks who think theirs is the most authentic and the best…

However, it is all down to taste…individual taste…some add carrots some don’t…

Ingredients:

  • 25g butter
  • 150g shallots, peeled but left whole
  • 2 medium carrots washed and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 150g bacon lardons
  • A sprig of fresh thyme or a good pinch of dried thyme.
  • 350g button mushrooms…Chestnut or Crimini are my favourites.
  • 500ml good red wine…I love a nice burgundy.
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 free-range chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces, on the bone but skin removed (or 6 chicken thighs)
  • A small bunch of flatleaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly crushed black pepper.

Let’s Cook!

Using a thick-bottomed pan heat it on the stove, and add almost all the butter (reserving a knob of the butter) and the shallots. Cook until just browned; add the lardons and thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes then add the garlic and cook for a further 1-2 mins.

Add the carrots, turn up the heat and add the red wine, chicken stock and vinegar. Add the chicken pieces, bring the sauce to a boil and then simmer gently for about 25 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through…after 15 mins add the mushrooms…I always add my mushrooms near the end of the cooking time as they cook quite quickly…

For a thicker sauce, remove the chicken once it is cooked and keep it warm. Cook the sauce over high heat for a few minutes until the volume of liquid has reduced. Return the chicken back to the pan.

Add the parsley, together with the reserved knob of butter. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve with a dressed green salad and olive oil, new potatoes (my favourite) mashed potatoes or crusty bread.

For my vegetarian and vegan readers...I found this lovely recipe on my vegan plate...

Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments, xx

Monday Musings 8th August 2022…

Welcome to Monday Musings the first week of August is done and dusted…soon be time to make the Christmas puddings and cake…Just saying!…my phone arrived back to me very quickly courtesy of #thaismile airways such good service…I am impressed…

Today there is a selection of posts which struck a chord with me this last week…renewable energy seems to be constantly in the news and this post by acflory (Meeks) shows us that there is another viable alternative which is a plus and gives us more hope for the future …

Please click the highlighted link below to read the original post.

https://acflory.wordpress.com/2022/07/29/hydrogen-the-perfect-renewable/#like-16981

The Monarch Butterfly…

The beautiful Monarch Butterfly is now an “endangered species” …

As of July 25, 2022—Monarch butterflies are on the Endangered Threatened Species “Red List.”

Their status was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature last week…to read what we can do please click the highlighted link below…

https://4writersandreaders.com/2022/08/05/celebrate-the-great-monarch-butterfly-migration-help-protect-this-endangered-threatened-species/

When attacks are made on women and children, by whom and who should not be why news is not reported…News agencies need to show all the news when acts of barbarism are continually committed on children and women…Pete has highlighted this in his recent post please click the highlighted link below…most of us have children or grandchildren would we be happy if these children were part of our families…

Children Palestine.

https://beetleypete.com/2022/08/05/not-ukraine/

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments …I hope you all have a productive week ahead and if you have sunshine ..enjoy! or keep cool..but be happy and pass along a smile…x

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 31st July -6th August 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Obesity, Store Cupboard Basics …More freezer tips… and Saturday Snippets where “Tickle” is my one word prompt.…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …August has arrived…August was originally named Sextilis it was later renamed after Julius Augustus, the first Roman emperor it seems the sun is still shining in the UK…which means BBQs are still on the menu or beautiful healthy salads…For some August brings the best bounty of the season—ripened tomatoes, ripe melon, sweet corn on the cob, and zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, peaches to name but a few…in 4 days’ time the end of “Dog Days of Summer” is marked…

Although we should be doing all we can to preserve the “Honey Bees” …August 20th is “World Honeybee Day” where I’m sure there will be many tips and ideas on how we can play our part in the preservation of the honeybee…Here are a few tips on how we can play our part…

Monday Musings…

Last Monday there were no fun things or recipes but rather the bare necessities of life…originally sung by Phil Harris (Baloo)and Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli) in the 1967 Disney film Jungle Book…Monday Musings however was slightly more serious…a plea for something very close to my heart Scanning for breast cancer – Sign the Petition! chng.it/vKjWSyVB plus the scale of “Factory Farming”, and a look at the diet and lifestyle of “The Inuit” people who I hope against hope that they never fall foul of the pitfalls of processed foods and the like as it will be detrimental to their good health.

Monday Musings 1st August 2022…

Tuesday is the day for Chicken Recipes…

Chicken is such a very versatile protein it has little fat(unless we add it)…a healthy alternative to red meat…  low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper…Today I am sharing a recipe by Tandy who blogs at Lavender and Lime…

Tandy’s Chicken and Chorizo Pasta…

CarolCooks2 in my kitchen…Chicken and Chorizo Pasta… by Tandy

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…where I aim to cook chemical-free food, in season and grown either by myself or purchased locally in season…plus it also minimises food and packaging waste…

The 7th-14th is National Farmers Market Week(US) …the  8th-14th of August, it’s National Allotments Week in the UK…it is also International Scone Week from the 8th of August to the 14th of August…Have you got a scone recipe to share? Quite a busy month for all the details and my scone recipe from last year please click the highlighted link…

Carol Taylors Green Kitchen…August 2022…

Most of you know by now that I love my A-Z’s…Sally is rewinding one of my first A-Z’s over at Smorgasbord Magazine and last week it was the letter D…Thank you, Sally x

I am enjoying this reread of one of my early A-Z’s as I hope my regular and new readers are …there is always so much to learn in the world of food and cooking every day I discover something new …

To read the original post please click the highlighted link below...where you will find the lovely Dragon Fruit, Dates, Durian and yes I love it! Plus much more…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘D’ for Dates, Dragon Fruit, Drupes, Durian and Dirty Rice.

No food or product review this week…but instead an important post about Morbid Obesity that is an unpleasant fact of this modern-day era…also the cause of many lifestyle diseases…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/08/04/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-morbid-obesity-candidaalbicans-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

Saturday Snippets…

Today’s word prompt is “ Tickle” for me there is nothing like the sound of a baby or child being tickled it makes me smile at just the sheer happiness and joy…I also thought of Ken Dodd…my father always watched it and he did have the knack for being entirely stupid but it made people laugh…there was his tickling stick and the diddy men…and if you are younger then maybe you remember ” Mr Tickle” by Roger Hargreaves…it was noted and I was congratulated on not mentioning “Slap and Tickle” although it is something many of us still enjoy!

Saturday Snippets 6th August 2022…Today’s one-word prompt is “Tickle”

Thank you for joining me today ...I hope you found something to make you smile as laughter is the best medicine and in today’s world very often we don’t find much to laugh about however I have decided that the things I cannot do anything about I will not allow to dampen my day…Have a lovely Sunday wherever you are and share a smile …xxx

 

Saturday Snippets 6th August 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “Tickle”

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets this is one of my favourite posts of the week I learn much from my research and your comments so please keep them coming…my muse is a funny thing sometimes a word is given to me in advance and other times my muse leaves it until the day before…

Today’s word prompt is “ Tickle” for me there is nothing like the sound of a baby or child being tickled it makes me smile at just the sheer happiness and joy…I also thought of Ken Dodd…my father always watched it and he did have the knack for being entirely stupid but it made people laugh…there was his tickling stick and the diddy men…

How to tickle a trout for Dinner…an old art of catching a fish with your hands…Trout tickling has been with us for a very long time and is mentioned in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ when the lady-in-waiting Maria greets the arrival of her supervisor and head of Olivia’s household, the foolish Malvolio, with the words “for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling” (Act 2, Scene 5).

The practice is currently illegal under most circumstances in Britain A related method of catching catfish by hand is called noodling in the United States.

Tickle Grass…Agrostis scabra is a common species of grass known by the common names hair grass, rough bent, rough bent grass, winter bent grass, and ticklegrass…a common species of grass a tumbleweed, it is native to much of North America.

The leaves are rough with tiny hairs and up to about 14 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a wide open array of spreading, thready branches bearing spikelets each a few millimeters long.

Tickle Harbour is a harbour in Newfoundland and Labrador. Tickle Harbour is situated nearby to Thibaut’s Head, and south of Mal Bay Brook.

Did you know?

Tickle, Tickle break the pickle ..according to the Urban Dictionary its from the film “The Love Guru” starring Jessica Alba…

Mr Tickle …one of the Mr Men my children’s favourite books when they were little…and such fun to read to them…MrMen is a British series of children’s books by English author Roger Hargreaves which began publication in August 1971…From 1981 by the same author we had Little Miss…Each different title character had his/her single dominant personality trait to convey a simple moral lesson.

Elvis 1965 movie..”Tickle Me”…the songs for this movie were not written specifically for the movie but “studio leftovers” which meant viewers were in for a treat…

Probably the best of the bunch, “(It’s A) Long Lonely Highway” is heard over the opening credits and was recorded by Elvis at RCA’s Studio B in Nashville on 27 May 1963 and only two takes were attempted, both complete versions.

A tickle in Newfoundland English is...“A narrow salt-water strait, as in an entrance to a harbour or between islands or other land masses, often difficult or treacherous to navigate because of narrowness, tides, etc; a ‘settlement’ adjoining such a passage.”

The Atlas of Canada includes 327 place names featuring Tickle. These included a variety of populated places, water features and terrain features. They fell almost entirely within the boundaries of Newfoundland and Labrador (unsurprisingly) although a few meandered across the borders into Nova Scotia and Québec. It also included a small number of outliers such as Tickletoeteaser Tower, a mountain in British Columbia.

Tickle Cock Bridge…

Residents of Castleford in Yorkshire have won a battle for a landmark bridge to be given back its original name of Tickle Cock – after the local council prudishly changed it to ‘Tittle Cott’…

Tickle Cock bridge has held its name for generations, thanks to the railway underpass’s popularity among couples as a prime spot for a cheeky fumble.

I hope I have tickled your fancy and made you smile…as always thank you for dropping in and as always I look forward to your comments…xxx